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Valley Town - A Study of Machines and Men

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Valley Town - A Study of Machines and Men

Published 1940

A documentary study of workers displaced by automatic machinery in a typical American steel town in the 1920's and 1930's. Follows the development of the town and depicts the life of its people as being bound up in the fortunes of the mill. Points out that with the introduction of labor-saving devices the men were no longer needed in the mill, and shows how war made such a demand on manpower that there was a scarcity of men adequately trained for the jobs. Suggests the need for the constant training of adults.

Run time 28:13
Producer New York University. Educational Film Institute
Audio/Visual sound


Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2015
Subject: No peace in the valley here

Pretty much your standard The factory is closing, look at all the displaced people! film here, but theres some nice flourishes here and there. All the people in the film are not supposedly actors, and some of them are really good. Especially the woman playing the wife, who sings her lines mostly (!!), and some footage, which Im positive Ive seen before of a smokestack coming down. And again, weve got multiple angles of it. So hmm, where did this come from? Im almost positive it came from a business film of some sort. It would have been interesting to find out whether the management people took the footage from the anti-company film, or vice versa
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